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Ok, let’s just get this out of the way before I give you my "how-to's" on setting up your YouTube video. YOU ARE QUALIFIED! Let me repeat this - you are qualified to share your story, your expertise, your point of views, your ideas, your concepts, your cooking skills, your dance moves, WHATEVER! Your mere passion to help others is all the qualifications you need to get started. I say that because a lot of those that come to me for coaching don't feel "qualified" to help others.
I think there is a misunderstanding between qualified, trained, and certified.
What qualifies you is your experience and your passion to share what you know with others.
Example: your passion is to be a health/fitness coach and help others eat healthier foods and with exercise routines, because you have experienced success in that area of your life and now you want to share it with others.
You're in the grocery store in the produce aisle. Someone next to you asks you for your opinion on what vegetable is best for them simply because you "look like" you know what you are doing. Do you then turn to the person and say, "I'm sorry, I'm not qualified to share my opinion and experience with you because I have not gone through training and I'm not certified yet. Can I come back and answer you in 6 months after my training?"
Or do you simply share what you know with them from your heart?
I'm sure you’d do the latter.
Ok, now that we've gotten that out of the way, we can now get to the how-to's.
Define your target audience
Don't make this part difficult. What you love to do and love to talk about is your niche, therefore your target audience would be people who enjoy what you enjoy.
The brand make and model of your camera is not really that important. You can even use your cell phone. iPhones have awesome cameras. The main thing you want to focus on is the value in your content and the quality of your video. Even though the brand, make, and model isn't that important, you do want to make sure the quality of the video is good. With the way technology has made it so easy to produce videos to come through crisp, clear, and professional, you want to make sure you are bringing your best.
Artificial or natural. I prefer natural. However, if inspiration hits at night when the sun is down, do you really want to wait until the next day to record?
I have a video on my YouTube channel for more on that. Click HERE.
Optional, but recommended.
You can check freelancer.com or odesk.com to find someone to create it for you.
I use iMovie that comes with Apple computers. I used to use Movie Maker on my old computer. You can also Google “video editing software” for more options.
Think about what you'd like to share. You can think of it on your own, survey your audience or answer a question you received on your social media sites. A Q&A is always great because if one person is asking that question, 20 others could potentially want to know the same thing.
People do judge "books" by their covers. Be creative in your titles. Get to the point. Tell the viewer exactly what they are going to get from watching your video.
3 Ways To...
4 Reasons Why...
The Number One Reason...
Check out James Wedmore on YouTube for more on that and HOW to create them.
Try Canva, PicMonkey or Photoshop.
Set up a playlist
Having a playlist will make it a lot easier for your viewers and subscribers to navigate your awesome content!
Put important links in your description box
Like, Instagram, Facebook, your newsletter, website, Twitter, etc.
5 Steps to Format Your Video
Now, here is my call to action to you - what did you take away from this blog that you can do today?
If you are the go-to girl in your group, you probably have these 3 characteristics and don't realize it. You probably don't realize it because they come so easy to you. They are the most powerful characteristics of a life coach.
1. You pretty much have your ish together.
You're not perfect by any means, however you are a highly motivated person. You're not afraid to take risks not afraid of failure and you absolutely LOVE helping other people do the same. You create written goals and you stick to them. You probably have a work out regimen and you only surround yourself with people who have goals and a sense of purpose in their own life. You invest in yourself often. You visit the doctors for your yearly check up and you keep track of your credit and finances. You love to keep your home clean and free of clutter. And you also tend to have a positive attitude no matter what you are going through. People respect you, look up to you, and love you.
2. You are a good listener.
In the coaching field this is called 'active listening'. One of the most valuable things you can be as a life coach is a good listener. Most people do not have the ability to listen to someone else talk for long periods of time about themselves. In a coach-coachee relationship, the coachee is the one that all the focus is on, and so they are the one that should be doing most of the talking. It can often be challenging for people to speak their truth, but people talk to you because you are a good listener.
3. You are not too afraid or timid to ask hard questions.
If people want warm and fuzzy advice they don't come to you. They know you are going to ask them the hard questions to make them think. When they think through your questions they gain clarity and a different perspective on their situation. And they often end the conversation by saying, "Thank you so much for listening!"
If this sounds like you, click HERE to download 'How to Become A Professional Life Coach in 7 Easy Steps'.
Which one, if not all 3 of these characteristics, do you have?